Jan 14, 2013 2:00am PST
to get an assault weapons ban through coming. >> joe biden is set to liver his proposals for tougher laws to president obama this week. she expected to recommend reinstituting the assault rifle ban. one was passed in 1994 and expired 10 years later with its effectiveness still debated. universal background checks are required only when a gun is purchased at a retailer. new checks would close the so-called gun show loophole and go even further requiring a check for any private sale of a gun. and limiting magazine clips. some call it a war on amo banning high capacity clips, limiting them to perhaps 10 wounds. 10 rounds. top democratic law i can makers asking for them to suspend until it ends. >> assault rifles and magazine clips are falling off the shelves. >> ironically all of the talk caused a near stampeed of gun buying. people lined up around the block at this gun show in man manchester, new hampshire. another gun show drew protesters from both sides. >> this is an opportunity to stand up against gun violence. >> the vast, vast, vast majority of people use guns responsibly and legally.
Jan 13, 2013 8:00am PST
of counterterrorism action, all of those things joe biden talked about a long time ago. i think that's all we'll have there in the future. >> senator corker, are you comfortable with that? >> well, i think the decision about the number of troops we have on the ground after 2014 is something that ought to be weighed as we move along. i realize we're going to be moving down to about 30,000 troops. i'm relatively comfortable with that, but i think as far as what we -- the contingent we have after 2014, i would wait and i don't know of any reason why we would make that decision today. it seems that we'd want to see what the state of afghanistan is. we'd want to see what's happening in the electoral process. all of those things are obviously big factors. my sense is there's no reason to decide whether 6,000, 9,000, 15,000 troops until we get to that point. >> but, senator reed, how about by the spring. to simply training and support by the spring? last month's pentagon report said 1 of 23 afghan battalions is capable of operating on its own. >> i was down in the patyka province, and essentially 87% of the
Jan 14, 2013 3:00am PST
joe biden is set to send president obama a list of sweeping recommendations to help stop gun violence. the vice president is expected to present a plan that includes a ban on assault weapons. however, the nra says it does have enough votes in congress to block a new assault weapons ban. similar ban from '94 to 2004 was allowed to expire because democrats, after they passed it the first time around, lost a lot of seats in congress and said we're not going to touch this again and people don't want to mess with it because of the perceived power of the nra. that's how powerful the nra is to say it ain't going to pass this time. >> if you look at some of the studies that have been done, really that ban saved lives. if you look at some of the studies. >> i've heard a lot of mixed debate how impactful it was. the crime didn't decrease. it didn't really increase when it expired. >> but there was some new studies out. i think it did certainly make a difference. depending on what you believe. >> we'll see. mixed opinion on that one. >>> the president's choice as the next defense secretary begin
Jan 15, 2013 1:40am PST
difficult to do. >>> but first, as vice president joe biden gets ready to make his recommendations on curbing gun violence as soon as today, the majority of americans polled by abc news backs major reform. >> here are the numbers. 71% support a new federal database that tracks gun sales. meanwhile, 58% favor a ban on assault weapons, while 55% agree with the nra plan to put armed guards in schools. abc's karen travers is covering this ongoing debate. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, sunny. yesterday, president obama held the last press conference of his first term. he wasn't really willing to go into details about what he's considering on gun control. but he took a lot of questions on that very explosive issue. after the tragic shooting at sandy hook elementary, president obama said the nation needed to change. and now he's poised to announce his own game plan on gun control. >> if there is a step we can take that will save even one child from what happened in newtown, we should take that step. >> reporter: president obama received recommendations